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Thursday Open Thread 4-19-2018

This week hinted at the uncertainty of the future and reminded us of the difficulty making a significant impact on many of those challenges. Still, small acts taken today can benefit us or the unknown stranger many years in the future. People, communities or plants our actions are ripples in a pond moving forward.

The various fruit trees that provided food as I grew up had been planted nearly 40 years before my parents bought the place. Each place I have moved from was left with a few new plants and better soil.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue--Syria edition

WARNING: This OT is not as cheerful as Something Old usually is. The subject is war. Next week the thread will be back to its usual self. Just letting folks know so they don't get blindsided (I hate getting blindsided myself, ever since a movie that purported to be a cheerful romance between two elderly people ended up being a wrenching narrative about Alzheimer's!)

The Tuesday Talking Stick: Let's go to the movies!

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Because the adoptive family where I grew up as the only child went out of their way to me be non-communicative, at least with me, I think I must have inherited my gre·gar·i·ous side from my biological mother. Never actually met the woman, but I've discovered that she shared my habit of always wanting to make conversation both friends and strangers. Perhaps this explains why I would want to host The Tuesday Talking stick, and why I continue to enjoy hosting a monthly film discussion group called Spiritual Cinema Louisville.

That group actually has much in common with The Talking Stick and most open threads. After streaming a film or watching a movie on disk, we draw our chairs closer together and wait to see what happens. We, most often I, choose not to screen documentaries since that would be a visual presentation of take it or leave fact(s). We prefer films that provoke conversation rather than try to persuade ... films that speak truth although they may never have actually happened. By talking about what we have seen together, we hope to make discoveries that would not be possible {be sure your volume is turned on} if we stayed home and watched a film alone.

Monday Open Thread; April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (United States) Bwahahahahahaha!

April 16 is the 106th day of the year, there are 259 days left

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Today is also Sweetmorn, Discord 33, 3184 YOLD
(for the discordians amongst us)

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Today's number is 16

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Tuesday Open Thread: "the beat goes on" edition

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We live in such an Orwellian time when one form of "willing suspension of disbelief" leads to another. What are we to do? How do we keep our individual and collective sanity? Music, especially making music, is one way to remain whole. I've long believed in the healing power of folk music & the blues & jazz. Guess I need to add drumming to my list.

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